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AS & A Level Religious Education Textbooks

Religious Education AS and A Level will be taught from 2016, with AS first being awarded and 2017 and A Level in 2018.

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AS & A Level Year 1:

A Level Year 2:

There will also be, AQA A-level Religious Studies Year 2 [9781471874000] and OCR Religious Studies A Level Year 2 [9781471866746] published in March 2017.

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Core Content

Below are some of the key points in the governments subject content document.

  • Students are required to demonstate knowledge, understanding and skills in three of the following four approaches.
    • Systematic study of one religion
      • Religious beliefs, values and teachings
      • Sources of wisdom and authority
      • Practices that shape and express religious identity
      • Significant social and historical developments in theology or religious thought
      • A comparison of the significant ideas presented in works of at least two key scholars selected from the field of religion and belief
      • Two themes related to the relationship between religion and society
      • How developments in beliefs and practices have, over time, influenced and been influenced by developments in philosophical, ethical, studies of religion and/or by textual interpretation.
    • Philosophy of religion
      • Philosophical issues and questions raised by religion and belief including at least three contrasting arguments about the existence or non-existence of God, gods or ultimate reality
      • The nature and influence of the religious experience
      • Challenges to religious belief such as the problems of evil and suffering
      • Philosophical language and thought through significant concepts and the works of key thinkers
      • How view of religious language have changed over time
      • A comparison of the significant ideas presents in works of at least two key scholars selected from the field of philosophy
      • How the philosophy of religion has, over time, influenced and been influenced by developments in religious beliefs and practices, ethics or textual interpretation.
    • Religion and ethics
      • Ethical language and thought through significant concepts and the works of key thinkers
      • Three normative ethical theories such as deontological, teleological or character based ethics
      • The application of ethical theory to two personal, societal or global issues of importance
      • How ethical language in the modern era has changed over time
      • A comparison of the significant ideas presented in the works of at least two key scholars selected from the field of religion and ethics
      • How the study of ethics has, over time, influenced and been influenced by developments in religious beliefs and practices, the philosophy of religion and/or textual interpretations.
    • Textual studies, clearly referenced texts from one religion, not necessarily a religion studied for the approaches above.
      • Texts or passages in translation from a particular religious work, corpus of sacred text of scripture, examining the meaning and social and historical context
      • Legal/theological/ethical content and the role of a text or texts in religious law making and/or codes for living
      • Issues that arise from the formation, transmission, interpretation and translation of the text
      • The religious, cultural and other significance of the text including its reception and influence beyond a religious community
      • Modern critical scholarship and commentary including different contemporary approaches, religious and non-religious, to the primary text or corpus, and the religious, cultural or intellectual assumptions that underpin them
      • Methods and methodology in interpretation
      • The scientific and historical-critical challenges to the authority of texts and religious responses to there
      • How textual interpretations have, over time, influenced and been influenced by developments in philosophy of religion, ethics or religious thought.

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